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About Me.

Hello! I'm Phoebe. I am currently based in Singapore where I am a PhD Candidate at Nanyang Technological University. My research topic focuses on the construction of language teacher identities of Singapore Sign Language (SgSL) instructors. It explores how language ideologies and ideologies of deafness impact identity. It also investigates how this influences teaching practices in the classroom. My other related interests include education pedagogy, multilingualism, the politics of language and linguistic justice.  


Here are some information tidbits about me...


I have lived in three countries - Singapore, Australia and the USA.


I was born in Singapore and completed my primary and secondary schooling in Singapore. For my undergraduate studies, I majored in deaf education at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. Thereafter, I worked as a teacher of the deaf in both deaf schools and mainstream schools for a few years in Melbourne. In 2014, I went to Gallaudet University in Washington DC to study dual MAs in International Development and Linguistics. After that, I worked as a Linguistic Research Specialist for Deaf Bible Society in Arlington, Texas, from November 2018 to June 2020. 


For leisure, I enjoy reading, writing, long hikes in nature, running, strength training, travelling, and catching up with family and friends. 



Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

PhD Candidate - Interdisciplinary Graduate Program -Global Asia (IGP-Global Asia)

NTU Research Scholarship

Passed Qualifying Exams on Friday August 12, 2022

Thesis Advisory Committee: Ng Bee Chin (main supervisor), Patrick Williams (co-supervisor),  Annelies Kusters (Mentor)


Gallaudet University, Washington DC, USA

MA of Arts in International Development

MA of Arts in Linguistics

Gallaudet University Graduate Research Award for best research project on "A historical account of the Singapore Deaf Community (1950s to present)"


Deakin University,

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Graduate Certificate of Professional Writing


Griffith University,

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

BEd Special Education - Deaf Education major

2004 - Griffith Award for Academic Excellence

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